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    Manali to Khardungla Pass cycling

    Cycling is one of the most adventurous and fascinating challenges. To ride in the sturdy mountainous area and the high passes one must have real energy and enthusiasm. On first phase, visit a temple called Hidimba Devi, out of wood with remarkable carving. Thereafter, you drive steeply up to "Old Manali". It is a picturesque village close to the ruins of the Fortress Mandakot.

    After crossing, the Beas River you come to the hot sources of Vashist. Get acclimatized with nature while moving to the Rothang La. Visit the last village, called Kothi. There are many serpentines to the Rohalla Falls.

    You can enjoy the view over the glacier peaks of Spiti and the mountains of Ladakh. Enjoy the downward trek of 1000 meters to the town of Khoksar. The four monasteries nearby the former capital of Lahaul are worth seeing. The monastery of Kardung stands out at the opposite hillside in the sun.

    A trip to Baralacha La, 4670m, is a challenging one. The height of this pass is a crossing- point of archaic caravan-ways. Bhaga, Chandra and one of the brooks of Zanskar flow from here. These rivers move in direction northwards to Indus. Put up campsite in Sarchu at the Zanskar River.

    Travel round 38 km, a ride on cycle will bring you to the Gataloops. Push up your bike in many serpentines and reach Nakee La 5050m. Take a short descent (250m) and go uphill after that. You will arrive to your final destination Lachalung La at 5150 m.

    Major attractions

    Hadimba Devi Temple

    It is one of the most visited temples. Hadimba was a wife of Bhima, later became the goddess of Kullu royal family. This temple is famous for its intricate wooden carvings. A popular picnic spot, Hadimba Devi Temple was built in 16th century.

    Vashisht village 

    It is the village of Vashisht, which is famous for its hot sulphur springs. Around 3km away from Manali, this village has some ancient temples, devoted to Lord Rama and sage Vashisht. 

    Kothi village

    A pictorial village is set at the Bottom of Rohtang Pass. It offers striking views of deep gorge. An idyllic village is only 16 km from Manali. The pleasant river Beas flows through deep gorges. The village is surrounded by high rocks.

    How to get there 

    By Air

    Indian Airlines and Jet Airways have regular flights to and fro Leh. Leh airport is linked with important cities like Delhi, Srinagar and Chandigarh. 

    By Road 

    Regular state transport bus services run between Srinagar and Leh and Manali and Leh. If you do not prefer traveling by bus, the alternative available is jeeps.

    By Rail

    Jammu is the closest railway station and is 734 km from Leh. From here Buses take two days to reach Leh.

    Best Time to Visit

    10th June to 30th September

    Places to visit nearby

    Khardung Village

    About 20 km from the most picturesque Khardung la pass, this village come small settlement is a part of the Nubra valley.

    Manu Temple

    Dedicated to the sage Manu, this temple is placed very near to Hadimba temple. Manali name is derived from the sage Manu.

    Rohtang Pass 

    Around 51 km from Manali, the majestic Rohtang pass is located at an elevation of 3980 m. It imparts wonderful views of the places around and the peaks of Gaypan.

    Things to keep in mind 

    Jagdish Chandrakant Chaudhari of Ahmedabad was the youngest person to scale Khardungla pass on a TVS Scooty in 1994. An NCC Cadet , this 19 year old's achievement has been noted by the Limca Book of World Records too. 

    You should be physically fit and a good biker as the high passes are bit technical. 

    This trek can be reached at an elevation of 5359 m. 

    There will be a support car, which carries your luggage, so you can enjoy the scenic Himalayan range. 

    Take permits, if required.

    Maintain silence to cherish the natural environ.

    Things to carry

     Binoculars and camera
    Sleeping bag
    Hiking shoes 
    Woolen clothes, gloves, socks 
    Water, juices, snacks
    Electric torch
    Medical kit
    A good compass
    An extra pair of clothes

     


Cycling in Manali

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About the Activity: Experience the thrill of trekking and cycling downhill from the lovely village of Naggar which is set on a hill near Kullu.The tour starts from Manali in the morning. Get a chance to see The Naggar castle, a stone and wood structure built by Raja Sidh Singh over 500 years ago, has been converted into a heritage hotel. While cycling here, you can see the beds, library, settees, writing tables, toiletries and samovars of the famous museums in the area. During this trek, you can follow the road from Manali on the right side of the River Beas and will cross plenty of tin
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About the Activity:Indulge in this exciting mountain biking tour in Nagar and witness the amazing beauty of this region.Begin your tour by cycling through the small villages and watch the local people busy in their day to day life.Enjoy the mesmerizing view of the scenery as you pass though the scenic route.Visit the famous Nagar castle and admire the stunning architecture of this castle.Explore the nearby places and end your tour after 7 hours.
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About the Destination:Fixed departure dates: 18-06-2017, 02-07-2017, 16-07-2017, 12-08-2017, 26-08-2017 Manali to Leh cycling expedition is a scenic ride traversing through some of the highest passes in the world making it one of the most challenging rides to beat. Cutting across beautiful trails with the Himalayas serving as the perfect backdrop, one can cross Tanglang La, the world’ second highest motorable pass standing at 5280m before entering Manali. The route from Manali to Leh is straightforward with the roads either being completely dirt or tarmac. In the Manali Leh cycling tour e
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About the Activity:Cycling is the best way to roam around Manali and explore the beauty and tranquility of this hill station.Rent a cycle in Manali for 10 hours from 9 am to 7 pm and go enjoy a ride around town or on the trails nearby. The cycle can be picked up from Manu Temple Road in Manali.Their are 2 cycle options you can opt for, the V Brake cycle and the Hydraulic Brake Cycle.Ride the cycle and enjoy the mountain contours and make the most out of this rental in this hilly terrain.Whether you are a beginner or a pro, you can still rent the cycle. 
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Manali

From Manali, breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges are a perennial specialty. This is the place where mountain adventures takes on a new dimension. A haven for tourists, Manali is replete with scenic quotients offering trekking enthusiasts an experience of its own kind.

Attracting visitors from all over the world all year round, this is a place for backpackers to explore the serene settings of the Himalayas. It is also the place where adventure tourists can enjoy exhilarating activities such as paragliding, rafting and skiing while on Manali to Leh Road trip.

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Bhrigu Lake

Also known as the ‘Pool of Gods’, Bhrigu Lake is a majestic an picturesque water body that is located at a distance of about 43km from the town of Manali. Each year, the lake attracts thousands of trekkers and visitors who come here to appreciate the serene, crystal clear blue pools of the lake as a part of their itinerary to visit Manali tourist places. 

Rising to a height of about 14,100ft it is located on the eastern courses of the Rohtang Pass. One of the many glacial lakes of the Kullu Valley, it makes up for being a perfect weekend outing on your next trip to Manali. 

 The lake is bordered by snowy peaks of the Himalayas on all sides and is a moderate to difficult trekking escapade.  Also nearby is the Nehru Kund, which is a natural water spring that is fed by the waters of the Bhrigu Lake and is truly picturesque. 

The trekking route to Bhrigu Lake starts either at the village of Gulaba or Vasishth Temple, either ways it perches you up at a height of almost 14000ft right on the second day, making it one of the most captivating treks of the Pir Panjal Ranges.  Locals of the village believe that this lake has been blessed by the sages and Gods which is why, it never freezes over completely even in the times of harsh winters.

Distance from Manali: 18 Kms

How to get there: Follow the Kullu-Naggar-Manali Road through the village of Gulaba

Best time to Visit: May to June 

Attractions/Activities: Trekking

Type of destination:  Trekking and religious

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The Castle Manali

Built in 1460 AD, the Naggar Castle has a unique architecture that comprises of stones and wood. About a century ago, this castle of Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu was converted into a rest house, and presently it is being taken care by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.

In its rechristened avatar, the castle is now The Castle Heritage Hotel. Naggar Castle came into the limelight after a bollywood movie was shot here. A grand Tibetan carnival dance was shot here and hence this castle grew in touristic prominence.


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Van Vihar National Park

One of the most frequent places to visit in Manali, the Van Vihar National Park attracts visitors mainly because of its ideal location, which is bang on the Mall road in Manali. The park is a welcome respite from the crowds and the pollution with its tall and shady groves of Deodar, birch and pine. There are a number of wooden and concrete benches within the park, which provide rest, relaxation and recreation to its visitors.

Take off your shoes and take a leisurely walk across the garden paths of this wonderful haven of nature. You could also have fun cruising around in a boat that sails in the small pond within the vicinity of this park. Set amidst beautiful and verdant environs, the park is a perfect respite for anyone who chooses to visit it and makes up for a great place for a spontaneous picnic or simply a long walk!

Timing:

08:00 am – 07:00 pm (summer)

08:00 am – 05:00 pm (winter)

Entry Fee: 10 INR per Person

Photography Allowed: Yes

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Solang Valley

Located atop the Kullu Valley, the Solang Valley is ideal for adventure sports such as parachuting, skating, zorbing and paragliding. The slopes of this valley also provide ski lovers an ideal destination to enjoy this activity on a trip to Manali. During the summer months, the snow on these slopes evaporates, resulting in ideal ground for zorbing, where a person hurls down a slope in an indestructible bouncy ball.

Solang Valley is definitely a playground for people looking to lose themselves in an assortment of exciting activities. Be it a honeymoon vacation or a family outing, a thrilling and engaging experience is guaranteed.

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Malana

The lands that hold the strongest relics of adventure are often not spoken about, and that is why you need to head to the mysterious hills of Malana for an adventure you can never forget! Malana is an ancient village that lies to the north – east of the Kullu Valley and this solitary village is located at an altitiude of 9,938ft above sea level. The village of Malana is connected to Kullu by three mountain passes. Many trekkers have traversed these mountains in search of adventure and discovered wonders that they have brought back home with them.  So grab your gear and head to this oldest democracy in the world and trek up the famous and intimidating Chanderkhani Pass and Rashol Pass.

Distance from Delhi: 543km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Attractions: Chandrakhani Pass, Kais wildlife sanctuary, Parvati Valley, Shiv Mandir, Hot Springs

Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing and Hiking 

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Kasol

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Find out amazing tours and activities in Kasol

Located in the Parvati valley between the hill stations of Bhuntar and Manikaran, Kasol is a idyllic valley rich with stunning views of the Himalayan peaks Kasol is one of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi, located at a distance of about 528km from the capital. 

The untouched beauty, quiet surroundings, low population and a relatively moderate climate throughout the year, attracts backpackers to Kasol year after year. It is also the start point of various treks such as Sarpass, Pin Parvati and Khirganga. The Youth Hostels of India have a very strong presence here and are usually the ones organizing the treks in and around Kasol.

Distance from Delhi: 528km

Best time to visit: October to June

Attractions: Quiet and serene Valleys

Activities: Trekking, Nature Walks, Culture

Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Experiences: 

1) Fishing In River Parvati
2) Camping In Kasol
3) Trek To Malana In Kasol
4) Camp And Trek To Kheer Ganga
5) Adventure Camp In Kasol

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Rahalla Falls

Cascading from a height of 8,500ft, the Rahalla or Rehala Falls as they are called as one of the most stunning natural places to visit in Manali. They are located at a distance of 16km from the town on the way to the Rohtang Pass and are must stop over on your way to visit this haven of snow. The falls are formed by glaciers as they melt on their way down from the mountains. It is one of the best places to enjoy photography or just sit peacefully by and admire the natural beauty. 

The more adventurous can go trekking up the mountains behind the waterfall cascades. The waterfalls are set amidst dense thickets of Deodar, birch and pine trees, making it one of the stunning places for photography. The sight of the place and the gentle rhythm of the falls gives instant peace and harmony to anybody who chooses to visit it.

Timing: The waterfalls are best visited in the months of March and November

Entry Fee: None

Photography Allowed: Yes

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Krishna Bhavan Mandir

The Krishna Bhavan Mandir was built in the year 1926 and is beautifully made even though it is so old. Tourists love the place not only for the religious sentiments attached to it but also for the marvelous architecture of the place.

Location: It is located in the town of Kasauli and is one of the major religious destinations of the place.

Highlights: If you know a little about architecture you would easily recognize the mix of European and Indian style of architecture. But the temple is very famous for its church like shape and for the same reason is one of the most visited places by tourists. It is also known for the fairs held in the temple every year.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the place is during summers as the atmosphere is quite pleasant and Kasauli is best visited during the months of March to May.
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Garden of Char Minar

The Garden of Char Minar is among one of the Mughal gardens in Kasauli. It was built by the famous emperor Jahangir in the 17th century for his wife Nur Jehan. The garden is also called as Shalimar gardens by many.

Location: The garden is located quite close to the famous Dal Lake.

Highlights: The garden of Char Minar is spread over 12.5 hectares of land and built in a Persian style. There are various fountains in the palace and one can gaze over the beauty of the minar for hours. You will also find a lot of colorful and fragrant flowers in the lush lawn of the garden.

Best time to visit: Spring season is the best time to visit the place as the flowers bloom during this time. Many tourists also prefer to visit here in the winter season to see the frozen Dal lake and the snowy Pir Panjal ranges.
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Summer Hill

Summer Hill is an exceptionally beautiful tourist spot in Shimla. It is situated at an altitude of 1283 meters. The area is beautified by the serene beauty of quiet hills that give it a nice and breathtaking aura.

Location: Located on the way of Shimla to Kalka, Summer Hills is just about 5 km from the Ridge Road of Shimla. The place is surrounded by serene beauty of quiet hills, which give it a breathtaking aura.

Highlights: This is an ideal place for those who wish to take a leisurely walk amidst the tranquillity of Mother Nature. The hilly trees of pine and deodar add to the beauty of the place. Snow clad mountains make it an ideal romantic gateway.

Best Time to visit: Summer Hill is open all round the year courtesy its pleasant climate. However, the best time to visit the place is during winters when the weather is cool and humid.
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Pandoh Dam

Are you in Kullu for your honeymoon? Then the Pandoh dam is a must-visit place. Located on the River Beas in the Mandi district, the Pandoh dam is an appealing destination to all. This place holds a prominent position, being easily accessible from both Kullu and Manali.  One can enjoy camping in its immaculate panorama. This quaint spot also proffers boating facilities. 

Imagine, sailing in the midst of the Mother Nature with your better half. This place has the power to enhance the romance in your life in every way. Escape from your hectic schedule and be in awe off God’s stunning creations.

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Monkey Point

Monkey point or also commonly known as Manki is the highest point in Kasauli. It is a major tourist attraction point in Kasauli. This place is managed and handled by the Indian Air Force, and they make sure that it is well maintained. If you have a tour planned for Kasauli, don’t forget to include it in your travelling itinerary.

Location: It is located in Kasauli.

Highlights: According to ancient myths, Lord Hanuman placed his foot in this place while searching for medicinal herbs for Lakshmana in the Ramayana. From this place, you can have a landscape panoramic view of the whole valley. You can also view the snow capped Himalayas and the Sutlej river from this place.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the place is at early morning or during evening. You will love the sunrise and sunset from this Monkey point in Kasauli.
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Manali Winter Carnival

Each time around the dawn of New Year, Himachal Pradesh gets ready to welcome the oncoming year with aplomb and festivities and makes up for one of the most exciting Manali tourist places.  The festival is called Himachal Winter Carnival and it is surely one of the most unique and exciting cultural experiences. 

The tradition of celebrating the festival goes way back to 1977, and over the passing years the festival has assumed a bigger and more glorious role and look. The Himachal Winter Carnival, that once promoted the culture of the hills with folk dances and music; has now become varied as other activities like Bazaar, Street plays, band competitions and food festivals have been added. 

Usually celebrated on the mall road, which is one of the busiest areas of Manali, it is surely a festival that cannot be missed. You will get to see colourful dancers, upbeat music of the hills, yummy food and most of all get to know what the pulse of the people of Manali really is!

Ideal dates to travel: Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2016            

Attractions: Cultural extravaganza           

Activities:

-Folk Dances

-Music

-Bazaars

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Manu Temple

Located in the Old Manali region, you can reach this temple through the road that passes through the Manali Community Center. Dedicated to the Indian sage Manu, this temple is the only temple on this planet that is dedicated to this sage. Thus it makes to be one of the most sacred pilgrimages for the devotees of this saint.

Built with wood and stone, the temple offers exotic views of the Beas River and magnificent hills. In front of the temple, a huge cascade enhances the aesthetics of this resplendent temple. A visit to this sacred temple in an important part of the Manali tour packages.


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Chadwick Waterfall

The clear waters of the Chadwick Waterfall cascade deep down a gorge at a height of approximately 86 m. What amplifies the beauty of the place is the surrounding hills as well as the thick green trees of Pine and Deodar. After you have had a hectic travel schedule exploring the entire Shimla, you can come back here and unwind. This place will give you ample ‘me’ time.
  
Location: Chadwick Waterfall is situated within the dense and the very beautiful Glen Forest. This waterfall lies at a distance of about 7 km from Shimla and about 4 km from Summer Hill.

Highlights: The place was originally famous as the ‘Chidku Jhaar’ where Jhaar stands for waterfall and in the local dialet ‘Chidku’ means the bird. It is so called because the waterfall is at such a height that only a bird can reach to the top. Britishers gave it the name ‘Chadwick Falls’.

Best Time: Can be visited anytime of the year but it is advised to go there in a group.